At Alderbrook School, we believe that a balanced PSHCE curriculum makes a major contribution to a range of statutory responsibilities. Whilst the curriculum itself is non-statutory, our provision ensures:
- Clear consideration of the personal, social, health, citizenship and economic well-being of the young people within our community.
- An age appropriate and thorough provision for ‘Sex and Relationships’ education.
- Development of the spiritual, moral, social, cultural development of students.
- Preparation for opportunities, responsibilities and experiences in later life.
PSHCE is a priority for Alderbrook and at the heart of the school’s work. Time is provided for teachers to have training and prepare for the delivery of this broad and important area of learning.
The curriculum is divided into three broad areas:
Health and Well-being (including both physical and mental health)
Living in the Wider World (including citizenship and career’s guidance)
The design of this programme is based on the needs of each year group and is designed, crafted and constantly reviewed, aiming to provide inputs at the most relevant time in their school lives. The programme is delivered across a series of days where the timetable is collapsed, allowing deeper and more flexible learning opportunities, including those provided by external visitors and carefully sourced key note speakers. To complement this programme, identified key year groups; 7s, 9s, and 6th Formers, will also have a timetabled lesson.
The collapsed days, our Life Ready Day, has been designed to offer in depth and broad learning experiences. Please see the Life Ready Framework and Days below, for more detail about the content of the planning for this year.
Furthermore, the following year groups have a timetabled lesson as follows:
Year 7 – 1 hour a fortnight, through a scheme of work: ‘Aspire’. This focuses on friendships, transition, study skills, positive relationships and behaviours, e safety and learning aptitudes.
Year 9 – 1 hour a fortnight focusing on health and wellbeing, and relationships. This programme allows more time to focus on aspects of work/life balance and managing relationships, including exploitation and personal safety. Finally, this leads into economic well-being, reputation and personal branding.